Bristol (Individual Union-class DropShip)
McCloud initially only accepted a contract to transport the Black Thorns to Borghese out of financial necessity. She did not want to have anything to do with the unit, but her on-and-off relationship with Black Thorns CO Jeremiah Rose resulted in the Bristol becoming the Thorns' primary DropShip, even though it technically remained independent. The Bristol was briefly stolen by citizens of Borghese, but recovered by the Black Thorns.
As of 3067 the Thorns had modified the Bristol, altering the fighter bays to hold both additional BattleMechs and extra cargo, allowing the Bristol to also accommodate the additional pilots present within the unit. Despite evidently being capable of modifying the Bristol the Black Thorns were only capable of meeting three quarters of the technical support requirements of the DropShip in 3067.
- Mercenary's Handbook 3055, p. 73
- The Black Thorns, p. 7
- Mercenaries Supplemental, p. 20, "The Black Thorns: Rebuilding The Burnt Bridges"